FIRST GOP PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE GREAT LINES AND ZINGERS
* I am including some from the pre-debate with the 7 candidates who didn’t make the Fox ‘cut’.
Hillary Clinton lies about Benghazi, she lied about emails, she is still defending Planned Parenthood, and she is still her party’s frontrunner. – Carly Fiorina
The potential of this nation and too many Americans is being crushed by the weight, the power, the cost, the complexity, the ineptitude, the corruption of the federal government. – Carly Fiorina
I cannot say. I have to respect the person that, if it’s not me, the person that wins, if I do win, and I’m leading by quite a bit, that’s what I want to do. I can totally make that pledge. If I’m the nominee, I will pledge I will not run as an independent. But – and I am discussing it with everybody – but I’m, you know, talking about a lot of leverage. We want to win, and we will win. But I want to win as the Republican. I want to run as the Republican nominee. – Donald Trump (when asked if he would support whoever the Republican nominee ends up being)
God has blessed the Republican Party with some very good candidates. The Democrats can’t even find one. – Sen. Marco Rubio
I also believe we need a fence. The problem is if El Chapo builds a tunnel under the fence, we have to be able to deal with that too. And that’s why you need an e-verify system and you need an entry-exit tracking system and all sorts of other things to prevent illegal immigration. – Sen. Marco Rubio (on immigration)
I’ll tell you what, I’ve evolved on many issues over the years and y’know who else has, Ronald Reagan. – Donald Trump
It’s sad that Russia knows more about Hillary’s email server than the U.S. Congress. – Gov. Scott Walker
A majority of the candidates on this stage have supported amnesty. I have never supported amnesty, and I led the fight against Chuck Schumer’s gang of eight amnesty legislation in the Senate. – Sen. Ted Cruz
Leading from behind is a disaster. We need a commander in chief that will stand up to our enemies. – Sen. Ted Cruz
If you wage war on America, than you are signing your death warrant. – Sen. Ted Cruz
We need a commander in chief that speaks the truth. We will not defeat radical Islamic terrorism so long as we have a president unwilling to utter the words, “radical Islamic terrorism”. – Sen. Ted Cruz
I believe the American people are looking for someone to speak the truth. If you’re looking for someone to go to Washington, to go along to get along, to get… to agree with the career politicians in both parties who get in bed with the lobbyists and special interests, then I ain’t your guy.
– Sen. Ted Cruz
If I’m our nominee, how is Hillary Clinton gonna lecture me about living paycheck to paycheck? I was raised paycheck to paycheck. How is she — how is she gonna lecture me — how is she gonna lecture me about student loans? I owed over $100,000 just four years ago. – Sen. Marco Rubio
There is no such thing as a politically correct war. – Dr. Ben Carson
I haven’t said anything about me being the only one to do anything, so let’s try that. I’m the only one to separate Siamese twins. The only one to operate on babies while they were still in their mother’s womb. The only one to take out half of a brain, although you would think if you went to Washington that someone had beat me to it. But I’m very hopeful that I’m not the only one who will pick up the torch of freedom. Because freedom is not free. – Dr. Ben Carson
The skin doesn’t make them who they are. The hair doesn’t make them who they are. And it’s time for us to move beyond that. Our strength comes from our unity. We are the United States of America, not the divided states. Those who want to destroy us are trying to divide us, and we shouldn’t let them do it. – Dr. Ben Carson
The military is not a social experience. The purpose of the military is to kill people and break things.
– Mike Huckabee (Transgender in Military Question)
We should “protect children instead of rip up their body parts and sell them like they’re parts to a Buick.. – Mike Huckabee
ISIS rides around in a billion dollars worth of U.S. Humvees. It’s a disgrace. We’ve got to stop… we shouldn’t fund our enemies, for goodness sakes.
– Sen. Rand Paul
I don’t trust President Obama with our records. I know you gave him a big hug, and if you want to give him a big hug again, go right ahead…
– Sen. Rand Paul (to Gov. Christie after Christie defended the mass record collection being done on Americans)
Here’s the problem, governor. Here’s the problem, governor. You fundamentally misunderstand the Bill of Rights. – Sen. Rand Paul (to Christie)
If it weren’t for me, you wouldn’t be talking about illegal immigration. – Donald Trump
This country owes $19 trillion and they need somebody like me to straighten out that mess. – Donald Trump
If Congress wants to mess with the retirement program, why don’t we let them start with their own retirement program. – Mike Huckabee
When you have people that are cutting Christians’ heads off, when you have a world, at the border and in so many places … that it’s medieval times … We don’t have time for tone. We have to go out and get the job done. – Donald Trump (Response to Jeb Bush saying he is ‘devisive’)
The court has ruled and I said, “we’ll accept it”. And guess what? I just went to a wedding of a friend of mine who happens to be gay. Because somebody doesn’t think the way I do doesn’t mean that I can’t care about them and love them… That’s what we’re taught when we have strong faith. Issues like that are planted to divide us. I’m gonna love my daughters no matter what they do. God gives me unconditional love, I’m gonna give it to my family and the friends and the people around me. -Gov. John Kasich (on Gay Marriage)
They call me Veto Corleone… because I vetoed 2,500 separate line items in the budget. – Jeb Bush (this line wasn’t good or a zinger, it drew groans)